Vortrag in englischer Sprache :: Lecture in English
Music forms an important aspect of the cultural and social fabric of both individuals and nations (Clarke, 2012). In the 100 or so years since the invention of the gramophone and the advent of mass produced recorded music, musical interactions with audiences have extended beyond just the direct experience of live performance (though this is still a hugely important musical experience for many people) to a more mediated set of experiences predicated on evolving technological innovations. In the 21st century, popular music quite literally accompanies us from the cradle to the grave and constitutes a significant life-long relationship for many people. As popular music studies begin to address the subject of ageing it is a distinctive moment or turn for a subject area premised on notions of not just youth but also ideas of artistic rupture with the past and fear of ageing.
In this presentation I will explore the following key ideas that converge at the crossroads that I am proposing.
- the social and cultural significance of music along the human life course;
- ageing in/and in relation to popular music studies;
- gender, genre, age and 'late style' performance;
- life-long popular music practices.
Ros Jennings argues that this crossroads marks the starting place of a meaningful dialogue between ageing studies and popular music studies. By reflecting on the above themes she will attempt to start this important conversation by thinking both 'with age', and about ageing, in relation to current understandings of popular music.
Dr. Ros Jennigns is Associate Professor/Reader in Cultural Studies at the University of Gloucestershire, where she is Director of the Women, Aeging and Media (WAM) reserach centre and is Head of the Postgraduate Reserach for the university. With Dr. Abigail Gardner, Dr. Jennins has recently published (2012) Rock On: women, aeging, and popular music (Abingdom: Ashgate) and has written on 'Populat Music and Aeging' for the forthcoming (2014) Routledge Handbook of CUltural Gerontology (edited by Julia Twigg and Wendy Martin).
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